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What creates width in a mix?

What creates width in a mix?

– key elements panned hard left and right.

– a strong sense of “center” channel comprised of kick, snare, and bass.

– low end material panned to the center from 700hz and below.

– stereo movement from less wide to wide. For example, choruses get wider than verses.

– a juxtaposition of stereo and mono ideas.

– delays used over reverbs

– two mono delays, or two mono reverbs instead of stereo delays and reverbs

– doubled rhythm instruments panned hard left and right, but not all of the time throughout the song.


A Great Mix

Last week I sat down with a good friend and fellow recording enthusiast for a drink at his new studio. We started talking about what makes a mix good versus great mix.
I came to the conclusion that a good mix has balance between instruments, and works well within the dynamic range provided. It isn’t terribly hard to get a mix to this point. A good mix is like a B+ paper. There is nothing remarkable about it, but it gets the point across.
A great mix goes beyond balance and into the emotional content of the music. For example, the stereo width of the mix should relate to the emotional ebb and flow of the song. The transient attack of instruments should relate to how the instruments sit in the depth of the mix in an intentional manner. Basically, a great mix moves you emotionally with the song. It is beyond a representation of a song.

API 8200 Summing Mixer at Karmic Recording Studio

Karmic Recording Studio will be installing an API 8200 16 channel summing mixer into their mix room this week. I try to shy away from reviewing gear on this blog, but this is a huge upgrade for Karmic and I am excited for them.
Barefoot Recording Studio, which is affiliated with Karmic (think A Room/ B Room) has installed a Neve summing mixer this year also. Everyone is jumping on the whole summing mixer bandwagon is seams. The great thing about Karmics’s API mixer is the variation in tone from the Neve summer. We now have two classic console sounds to choose from in the same building.
For mixes that are in need of a warm, subtle distorted kind of character, the Neve summing mixer will be a great choice. For mixes that need some fast punch, with very clear high end, the API mixer will do the trick.